help me get started? (mapping, design, etc..)
Hey, if you care to read this, my name is Kyle and I played a lot of NS back in the day. I am a junior right now in High School and I have been growing anxious and interested in Natural Selection 2's release. Not only has my interest in the game itself grown, but i've began to have a real interest in game design.
It seems that almost every kid who plays a video game thinks it would be cool to work with them for a living but I feel like not many of them actually 'go for it'. Really, just a digital media class (3d design, photoshop, video stuff) has peaked my interest in it.
I tried learning hammer and felt like I really had it for a little while, but when I encountered a problem and couldn't find an answer on the valve hammer wiki, I didn't have the will to go asking for specific help... but that is kinda beside the point.
Really I just want to be a part of this, I want experience, and I want to figure out before the end of my Senior year if this is really something I am going to enjoy and be good at. I sent Jon an email and he gave me some awesome advice and tips, but I figured that the more people that I talk to the better. Because saying that you'd like to go into video game design as your career doesn't go lightly with my parents - they want to know job availability, colleges, etc. in something that seems so unorthodox (for lack of a better word).
I'd love to be involved in helping with anything that I can be used for, especially something that will give me some experience. Any type of small task or testing I could do- not just for NS2. I do not and am not trying to be a part of the NS2 team, but I'd assume that probably most of you do this for fun and not to get paid. I'd like to start working, training, w/e to A. figure out if I have what it takes and B. get some experience in video game design/testing.
To a certain degree I don't know what I particularly want, i will definitely try to do my part and spread the word when NS2 is nearer to the finish.
thanks if you read all of this and I appreciate any information you have that will smack me in the face or just help me out